VBAC vs. repeat Caesarean

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When my daughter was born 2 years ago I had an emergency c-section. I went 10 cm then when my water finally broke, it was discovered that my daughter was breech. So into the operating room I went. 15 minutes later I had a healthy beautiful baby girl. For my next baby, I want a VBAC. My obgyn has already given me the okay, even though I'm not even pregnant yet.

I know this debate has been done before, but this article in my local paper caught my eye. Apparently VBACS are not as common as I thought, though they are perfectly safe and can be better for both mom and baby. This article interviewed a local family and some local doctors about this issue, but I want to hear what you have to think.

Why are VBACs not more common? Why do mothers chose another C-section? I know some hospitals and doctors don't perform them, but I'm talking about if there is an option. Personally, I've never considered another Caesarean so I guess I just want insight. I was very surprised at the statistics. (only 288 VBACS in my state last year)


The article is long, so I just opted to post the link instead of the whole thing.


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LaCi - posted on 04/19/2010




I chose a csection over being induced. Which apparently was a good call because the doc told me it would have ended in an emergency csection.

I have honestly never known anyone to be induced and have a good experience with it, it always either ended in an emergency csection or dangerous complications that affected the mother and the baby. So if I ever did have another child, and they gave me the option of inducing for vbac or doing another csection, I'm choosing the csection. I will never opt for being induced. I'm not sure how similar second pregnancies are to first pregnancies, but I never showed any signs of ever going into labor the first time.

However, I don't plan on having more children.

Brandi - posted on 04/19/2010




My daughter was born via caesarean two months ago. I was two weeks overdue with absolutely no progress at all. I was induced with Pitocin. Twenty hours later I was only 4cm dilated and that was just because they mechanically dilated me. I was on the highest dose of Pit allowable and she was no longer tolerating it. They took her c-section due to that and the fact that my water had broken 14 hours ago and she still hadn't even descended into the birth canal. It was very traumatic for me. I do not wish to have another c-section and I plan to search for a doctor who will be willing to do a natural VBAC with me before I get pregnant again.

VBACs are not common because, in short, insurance companies control EVERYTHING.

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